FIONA’S FINDINGS: BerkChique!

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By Saturday, Jun 6 Life In the Berkshires
Racks of second-hand designer clothes are on sale at BerkChique, sponsored by Berkshire Creative at the Stationery Factory in Dalton, Mass.

Dalton — If you want to spend a fun afternoon today and tomorrow, (Saturday, June 6 and Sunday ,June 7), come shop and party at BerkChique!, the 4th annual pop-up clothing and accessories fundraiser. It’s a resale event featuring beautiful and unusual garments (raided from only the most high end closets in Berkshire county) to help support five local charities.

Illustration: Fiona Breslin

Illustration: Fiona Breslin

Presented by Berkshire Creative, the all-around fête kicked off Friday with an opening party at the landmark Stationery Factory on Flansburg Avenue in Dalton. The building feels like a TriBeCa loft and served as the former home to Crane’s stationery department.

CROPPEDafrican printCROPPEDblack and grayWith racks of Gaultier, Alaïa and Girbaud, BerkChique! exposes buyers to  international designer items we  definitely don’t see every day in the Berkshires. Shoppers will also find a lot of unique things that aren’t designer-centric like an African cape and other fantasy items.

“The thing that appealed to me most about BerkChique! was that it was a win-win  . . . win-win-win,” said event chair, Vicki Bonnington, whose curated selection of garments is more like a small educational institute or museum. “Not only does it make money for local nonprofits but it also helps clean out  closets and is a fun shopping experience to come to! It’s positive on so many fronts.” Prices start at $20 but even if you come and spend no money there’s a good chance you’ll have a ball.

“The dressing room is always buzzing,”  said Bonnington.

The sale goes 10 to 4 Saturday and Sunday, 10 to  2, at the Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton, Massachusetts.

For information and directions, click here.


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